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Judge Lifts Nicole Kidman's Restraining Order

Feb 11, 2005 | 11:06am EST

An Australian court has lifted Nicole Kidman's restraining order against two photographers she claimed left her afraid to leave her Sydney, Australia home.

The actress was granted a restraining order against snappers Jamie Fawcett and Ben McDonald after she alleged they ignored road safety to chase her car at high speeds and planted a listening device outside her mansion.

But Magistrate Lee Gilmour slammed Kidman--who wasn't present at yesterday's hearing in Sydney's Waverley Local Court--for failing to settle her differences with the papparazzo "like intelligent people" without resorting to the courts.

Gilmour agreed to lift the restraining orders after Fawcett and McDonald promised not to take photographs within 550 yards from her house.

She said, "We're looking at a lot of court time and a lot of court money for something I believe should be able to be settled without a court decision."

A three-week trial period for the undertakings will be reviewed at a further court hearing on Mar. 3.

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